A Sky Beyond the Storm: An Ember in the Ashes Novel: 4
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I have to say, I did know Helene’s sister was going to be killed, especially after the beautiful moment that she had with Helene, but I didn’t expect it to happen so quickly. So this review is also going to be a huge rant, I will just try to frame it in more coherent sentences.
Her strength was wonderful to see especially as she didn’t always see it in herself, it made me route for her more. Now having finished the series, I’ve been trying to look back and determine which book was my favorite, and I’m honestly having a difficult time with it because they’re all amazing in different ways and such different events happen in each book.And deep in the Waiting Place, the Soul Catcher seeks only to forget the life--and love--he left behind. I was waiting for that moment and it was so satisfying when it happened and he finally made that switch again. But I'm beginning to come across the problem that plagues a lot of older technology—my Kindle was simply not supported anymore, which means no more program updates and difficulties connecting to wifi. But out of the three POVs, hers was the only one to add some humor to the story, which is always nice.
Helene loses her sister and Harper (I was so angry and sad he died ) in this book and then she's left to rule an Empire she never wanted to rule and raise her nephew. I think Tahir took the story with the jinn in a very clever direction, one I personally didn’t expect. I remember reading on a Goodreads review that Helene has suffered more than any book character ever and I feel like that’s so true, especially in a YA book at least. It demanded I shut up and take the pain like a woman, like Helene, or Laia, or Afya, or Livvy, or Mamie Rila, or Mirra, or as any woman in this series would. Plus, like you say, having those moments of peace that allow you to process the moment before moving on.
It’s a sign of Tahir’s skill that as soon as I started reading, I fell back into the world as if it hadn’t been three years since I did so last. I agree–Helene really suffered so much, and especially at the end of the series it just felt unnecessary. It can be quite conflicting as she is fighting for her life and for the world really, so she needs to do things, but it touches on the emotional toll and to remember the value of life. And then there is this book, which contains both, but that teaches us enough lessons that it barely feels like fiction anymore. Special shout out to Elias and Helene fighting together as well, not necessarily a spoiler, but it just reminded me of Ember when they fought with each other side by side, thought it was a moment where I was like HANG ON!
It was such a special touch that felt like a nod to you as a reader in some way which I LOVED, LOVED, *LOVED*. I find it so sad that people went off of Elias during Reaper because the whole point of it was that he kind of switched off his humanity so he could do his job as Soul Catcher, like don’t get me wrong I hateeeeed it with a passion, but it was pivotal to the story. In the process, she awakens an ancient power that could lead her to victory - or to an unimaginable doom.In the process, she awakens an ancient power that could lead her to victory--or to an unimaginable doom. I’d have loved to have seen a few of her thoughts concerning Elias too considering the change of attitude towards him. The main twists introduced here are not at all in harmony with rest of the series, making everything too complicated, and the result was -at least for me- one of the most unsatisfying endings I've ever come across. It was a great way to increase the stakes of this book and add to the Nightbringer’s terrifying power, and I think it was done really well!
I am very confused with the world building if this world and the whole Jin concept isn’t explained properly.Applicability of cancellation rights: Legal rights of cancellation under the Distance Selling Regulations available for UK or EU consumers do not apply to certain products and services. The ending does do well at reflecting the cost of the war, and also not let the Helene and Elias to get away with ignoring what they and the system they benefit from has done. When we left Elias at the end of ‘A Reaper at the Gates’ he was Elias no more, but The Soul Catcher and he was going to forget everyone from his life.